Wawa Foundation Hero Award

The Wawa Foundation Hero Award honors a non-profit organization that is committed to serving the greater Philadelphia area.

2021 Wawa Hero Award information coming soon.

The Wawa Foundation Hero Award is an honor given to a non-profit organization serving the greater Philadelphia area that rise to meet the immense challenges facing the community by providing services to protect others, preserve independence, and provide care and life-saving support to those in need.

The Wawa Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded to support Wawa’s charitable giving and philanthropic activities, is thrilled to announce the

2020 Wawa Foundation Hero Award winner:

Broad Street Ministry!

The Wawa Foundation Hero Award winner received a $50,000 grant, and all other finalist each received $10,000 grants.

Broad Street Ministry

Broad Street Ministry (BSM) believes we can transform our city, our neighborhoods and ourselves when we attend to the needs of our neighbors living in the most vulnerable of conditions. Through Radical Hospitality, BSM opens its doors to everyone of all races, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicities, ages, and socio-economic statuses to provide five weekly meals, alongside critical services and basic needs to 6,000 individuals per year with the goal of leading individuals back on better path of mental, physical and spiritual wellness and wholeness. BSM was instrumental in helping launch the #StepUptoThePlatePHL initiative in response to COVID-19, which provided daily meals at three food distribution sites, totaling 129,866 meals in the City of Philadelphia to help relieve hunger.

People’s Emergency Center

People’s Emergency Center’s (PEC) mission is to nurture families, strengthen neighborhoods and drive change. PEC offers multi-dimensional solutions for addressing the social, economic, health, and quality of life challenges that impact Philadelphia. Our holistic approach includes social services, housing, community organizing, youth programming, and public policy work. We primarily serve families and youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness. In response to coronavirus, PEC is providing extra services to help families during and after the crisis– including increased emergency food distribution for Philadelphia’s most vulnerable residents. We have distributed more than 20,000 meals to families, seniors, and other people in need since March

The Salvation Army

Since its founding in Philadelphia 141 years ago, The Salvation Army is on the front line feeding the hungry, providing shelter for the homeless, leading emergency disaster relief, addressing poverty with social services, and offering congregational life, educational and wellness programs for youth and seniors. With the crisis presenting more of a challenge to obtain access to essentials, The Salvation Army implemented a “Corps at the Door,” approach at food sites where individuals and families could receive boxed food outside of Salvation Army facilities from staff wearing masks, gloves and practicing social distancing. The Salvation Army Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division has now served over 5 million meals to thousands of individuals and families in need, with nearly 2 million meals served in Greater Philadelphia alone.

VNA of Philadelphia (Visiting Nurse Association)

As the oldest health care agency in the region, VNA’s mission is to provide comprehensive home health, palliative and end of life care of the highest quality to all people, regardless of their ability to pay. VNA Philadelphia provides care to approximately 1,200 patients each day through our home health, palliative and hospice programs. VNA Philadelphia operates a 15-bed Inpatient Hospice Unit; an innovative Home Health program which includes Home Health Aides, LPNs, RNs, BSNs, Nurse Practitioners, Therapists and MSWs; a Palliative Care program which helps chronically ill patients and their families improve quality of life and a Population Health program with MSWs and Clergy. In addition to supporting the community in 1918 during the Spanish Flu, VNA has helped during COVID-19 by providing health care and frozen meals and fresh produce from its food pantry to patients which staff hand delivered to patient homes and provided extra food to community partners to help those most impacted by food insecurity.



Please Note: Previous Wawa Foundation Hero Award winners are not eligible for a period of ten years from the year they won, and previous Wawa Foundation Hero Award runners up are not eligible for a period of five years from the year they were recognized.


The Wawa Foundation

The Wawa Foundation is an extension of Wawa’s commitment to making the world a better place by fulfilling customers’ lives every day. The Wawa Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded to support Wawa, Inc.’s charitable giving and philanthropic activities – and ultimately to help build happier, stronger communities. The Wawa Foundation focuses its support on non-profit organizations committed to health, hunger and everyday heroes through local, regional and national grants. Since the inception of The Wawa Foundation in 2014, The Wawa Foundation and Wawa have contributed more than $86 million to non-profit community organizations.